“Skin-vestment – the act of putting time, effort, and money into your skin to keep it healthy and glowing.”
Dear Marion… how much time should I spend daily on my skincare routine for it to be thorough and effective? Sincerely, Mrs. trying-hard-not-to-be high maintenance.
In my previous blog, I shared a few beauty shortcuts for when you find yourself in a time crunch. But if you really want to see brilliant results from your skin products and regimen, it’s always best to put in a sufficient amount of time every day on your skincare routine – both daytime and nighttime.
It may sound like high maintenance but, in reality, each step is necessary to achieve healthy, youthful-looking skin. So even with a busy schedule – juggling kids, a partner, and work – it is important to carve out that essential “me time” to take care of your skin.
Here is a basic plan that works out evenly for both the a.m. and p.m. skincare regimen.
MORNING ROUTINE – geared towards protection from the elements.
Step 1: Cleansing
Massage the cleanser into your skin for at least 30 seconds to a minute, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. You can rinse your face immediately, unless your cleanser contains active ingredients such as AHAs, or alpha hydroxy acids, then follow the product instructions.
Adding a silicone brush to cleansing 2-3 times a week ensures your pores stay unclogged and your skin super clean.
Wait for the skin to feel completely dry before moving on to step two. But, if you are using a toner containing hyaluronic acid, apply it immediately after cleansing while your skin is still damp. This seals in an extra layer of hydration.
Step 2: Toning
Yes – toners are important! They restore the pH of the skin, get rid of impurities and excess oils, shrink the pores, and prepare the skin to better absorb other products, such as serums and moisturizers. Some toners are also a humectant, which means that they can bind moisture to the skin.
It is most effective when applied with damp cotton, rather than sprayed on, and usually takes around 20 seconds to apply.
Step 3: Serum
Serums are lighter skin care formulations than moisturizers. Because they have thinner viscosity they are absorbed more easily and feel light on the skin.
This step should take around 30 seconds or the time it takes to smooth the product over the whole face.
Step 4: Eye Cream
The skin around your eyes is thinner, very delicate, and the first to show signs of aging. So apply creams specific to the eye area to avoid damage or irritation. If you are extremely sensitive or wear contact lenses, gel formulas may be more suitable.
It should take around 30 seconds to apply a specific eye product.
Step 5: Spot Treatment
Treat the areas with acne, blemishes, dark spots, age spots, or uneven skin tone one by one to help to reduce redness or discoloration and speed up your skin’s natural healing process.
The time this step will take depends on how many blemishes you have, but approximately it should be around 20 seconds for the application. Let the treatment dry before moving on to the next step, which could take at least one minute. Otherwise, the treatment will end up migrating to other parts of your face.
Step 6: Moisturizer
Apply the moisturizer to the face, neck, and chest.
The cream must absorb completely before moving to the next step, so wait about two minutes, or at least until the skin doesn’t feel sticky to the touch.
Step 7: Sun Cream
This is the step that should take the longest in a skincare routine. If applying it to the whole body, spend at least two minutes thoroughly applying it, and be generous. If it’s just the face and neck, a minute or two should be enough.
Then wait about 10 minutes before applying makeup. Applying makeup too soon can disrupt the sunscreen and reduce coverage and efficacy.
Total time for daytime routine: 20-30 minutes, before applying makeup.
NIGHTTIME ROUTINE – geared toward repair and rebuilding.
Repeat steps 1 through 5 from your morning routine.
Step 6: Treatment
Apply serums that contain any of the plethoras of active ingredients currently available – ATP, stem cells, peptides, minerals, antioxidants. This is a sure way to support the skin while you sleep. Choose a few of the ingredients to alternate every night and follow instructions by the manufacturer or as advised by your aesthetician, to avoid any reactions and get the best results.
Allow five minutes before the next step.
Step 7: Night Cream
Apply the cream over the face and neck, which should take around one to two minutes.
If you want to use a facial roller or gua sha tool, this is the moment to do it. Then wait at least 10 minutes before going to bed, so all the products that have been applied don’t end up on the pillow.
Total time for nighttime routine: 20-25 minutes.
“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time.” – Linden Tyler
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